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With contested primaries for five statewide offices, two congressional seats and about two dozen legislative posts, Arkansas Republicans ended the filing period last week with a clear sign of how much the political landscape has changed in the state.
Arkansas' public schools would receive the largest funding increase and the state's reserve fund would get $19 million under a $5 billion budget plan that lawmakers advanced Friday.
Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law a measure reauthorizing Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion for another year.
Legislation outlining Arkansas' $5 billion budget for the coming year calls for boosts in funding for the state's public schools and prisons.
Arkansas lawmakers are expected to discuss finalizing the state's budget bill again, after legislators couldn't agree on how much money should be spent from the state's surplus.
Arkansas lawmakers advanced a plan Thursday to tap nearly $22 million from the surplus to pay for the prison system, school broadband and other one-time needs as they got their first look at legislation detailing the state's $5 billion budget.
With Arkansas' model plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor spared for another year, backers of the nationally watched program are now focusing on changes that will be needed to keep it alive in the future.
Arkansas lawmakers began crafting legislation outlining the state's $5 billion budget on Wednesday, but divisions remained on more than $83 million in requests to tap the state surplus for various one-time needs.
Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan that uses Medicaid funds to buy private insurance for the poor survived an effort to defund it Tuesday, as lawmakers gave final approval to continue a program that has extended health coverage to nearly 94,000 people.